September 2011
August 31, 2011

Union spotlights inequities at Nassau CC

Source: NYSUT United
Nassau CCFT member Richard Newman, left, discusses the union's concerns with graduating student Ghouse Hameed.

Nassau CCFT member Richard Newman,
left, discusses the union's concerns with
graduating student Ghouse Hameed.
Photo by Mller Photography.

Members of the Nassau Community College Federation of Teachers staged informational rallies this summer to inform the campus community about inequities by the college administration. Above, Nassau CCFT member Richard Newman, left, discusses the union's concerns with graduating student Ghouse Hameed.

Members distributed hundreds of fliers outlining their complaints. Among them: The creation of "shadow governing bodies" that have ignored the academic senate; and the non-renewal of 39 "temporary appointment" faculty who were let go just before their status would have moved into the probationary stage on a track to permanent employment.

In past years, such employees would have had every reasonable expectation for probationary status, said Frank Frisenda, the local's vice president for classroom faculty and this year's NYSUT Higher Education Member of the Year.